Leopard Girl

I went to see Dark Knight Rises this past week. For whatever reason, even though its two (or in this case 3) hours spent in a darkened room where there is absolutely no reason that anyone would be looking at you, I like to look cute at the movies. Maybe afterwards you’re going to get a drink with some friends, or go for coffee and discuss the nuances of the film. Maybe you’re going for a romantic walk along a waterfront? Listen, I don’t know what you’re doing after movies, but you might want to look cute. Plus, I have a decades old crush on Christian Bale and I feel like I should respect that by dressing appropriately.

Anywho. Here is what I wore.

Batman

I used to shy away from animal prints. I didn’t think I had the personality or confidence to pull it off effectively. But this summer I invested in some snake skin bangles and this tank. It turns out either I got some new confidence I wasn’t aware of or it doesn’t actually take confidence to pull of animal prints. What it takes is taste. Keep it subtle and clean and animal prints are classic and chic. I felt great.

Also, Dark Knight Rises was great. Christian Bale, as always, is wonderful as the troubled billionaire Bruce Wayne. He really is ‘the best of us’. Michael Cain is touching and his relationship with Bruce reaches an emotional climax. Tom Hardy as the villain Bane was, in my opinion, the most real and truly scary adversary The Batman has faced in this trilogy. Plus, he had a really cool coat. Anne Hathaway is gorgeous and lithe in killer heels, even if I didn’t always buy her as an ass kicking cat burglar. The film comes highly recommended. As does going to the movies in cute outfits that just a few months ago you would have been scared of.

We’re Back!

Oh, um, hey you guys. Did you think we forgot about you? Don’t be ridiculous. We could never forget you. We just needed a little time a part so we could remember how much we love you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that.  But, now we’re totally back and committed to writing hilarious posts about fashion and pop culture and our lives. What’s happened since we last talked, hmm? Let’s see…

  • This season of the Bachelorette is the most painfully boring thing reality TV has ever offered us. Google says so. Seriously, no one (no one) loves a trashy reality show like us and we both quit watching. I mean, Emily didn’t even do the fantasy suite right.
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore this. And this. And also this. They’re all, eh, fine, I guess. I must say I’ve been a little bored with her choices of late. I still love her though. Plus, I’m sure she’d be just gutted to know that I’m bored. She has literally nothing better to worry about. Also, photos of their honeymoon have surfaced. While I love to be a voyeur, this does seem a little weirdly invasive, so I won’t post the link. Let them have some frolic on the beach time, GEEZ.
  • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting divorced. And now there is an epic billion year battle to the death to save her soul from the Sea Org…Or something?
  • There’s a new Kardashian! And it’s a girl! And her name doesn’t start with a’ K’. (Really it’s a Disick, but whatever)

That’s um, pretty much it right?

Stay tuned for more on my 1970’s wedding. I made a choice. By myself. Like a grown up. Am still very concerned that it’s the wrong decision.

Can we finish these cookies so I can get back to being an insecure idiot?

It might already be a cliche to say this, but this season of the bachelorette is zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Whoops, I feel asleep just thinking about it. Seriously. Shit is boring.

Emily is without a doubt seriously beautiful. Her clothes this episode were amazing. The dress she wore to destroy Joe’s life is probably my favourite thing I’ve seen on this show ever (that’s it, right up there). She seems very sweet and lovely. However, and I’m sure she’s got a lot of family, friends and fans who will fight me for saying this this, but what she lacks in personality she makes up for in sequins. And there are a lot of sequins.

The only thing more boring than the Bachelorette herself are all her male suitors. It’s like ABC has worked it’s way through every last single man who is interesting/has a personality/sense of humour. Or at the very least all the ones who are willing to become dating show contestants.

Some of her most memorable options include Ryan. He of the “Can we be done with the cookies so I can get back to being a man?” and “I like to play cat and mouse” fame. Misogyny, ftw? Puke.

Then there was Kalon. The dude who just bought everything at Ralph Lauren and called it a day (The Golden Gals love RL by the bye, but looking like you literally stepped out of a catalogue isn’t actually a good look). Kalon actually told another contestant that if he were him he wouldn’t like himself either. This means one of two things is true. Kalon thinks he is SO AMAZING that he immediately fills all other humans who are forced to be around him with a jealousy that can only be assuaged with fiery hate. Or he’s aware of what a complete dick he is, and would, if he were another person, hate his own smarmy guts. Pretty neat, right? Emily thought so, Kalon got the first rose. Puke squared.

The Bachelor franchise really should be a home run. It’s beautiful people, its romantic locations, it’s catty back handed behaviour and, fingers crossed, there’s the potential for suggestive closed doors and dark spaces with the sounds of people mashing themselves together. It is exactly what we all want from reality television. And yet, ABC had to work in 10 minutes of Muppets. MUPPETS. To be honest, even Kermit and Piggy aren’t saving this season. Maybe if they let Statler and Waldorf narrate the cocktail parties?

Discussion Points: Game of Thrones

I just caught up on Game of Thrones and would like to discuss a few things:

  • I want more screen time for the direwolves. Also, I want to see Robb Stark ride Grey Wind into battle.
  • If it wasn’t for that scary Pyatt Pree disappearing and reappearing and multipling at will, who seemingly cannot be killed but loves sliting throats and mass murdering, Qarth seems like a really neat place to live. Right?
  • Sir Richard Carlisle as Jorah Mormont is no longer the only re-cast from Downton Abbey. Ygrett is Gwen Dawson, ya’ll. Her sexual harassment of Jon Snow was my favourite. Probably because I secretly kind of want to sexually harass Jon Snow. A head of hair like that does not deserve a life on the wall.
  • Osha(aka Natalia Tena, who is totally Tonks in Harry Potter) showed her boobs in a rather successful attempt to trick Theon Greyjoy. There are a ton of breasts in this show. You pretty much can’t get cast as a woman and not expect to be topless. However, I watched this episode with a boy who was over come with emotion and squealed ‘Tonks’ titties?!’
  • And finally. What the fuck Theon Greyjoy?!

Discuss.

Things Are About to Change. For the Better. I Hope. We’ll See.

This blog was initially started as an outlet for our mutual love of fashion and pop culture. See – it says so up there in the banner. We planned to talk about, critique, and make light of movies, music, television, celebrity gossip, blah blah blah you get it. Somewhere along the line we seem to have gotten side tracked and ended up focusing almost exclusively on fashion. I love shopping as much as (more than) the next girl, and writting this blog has actually been a great out let for my shopping problem, but the insanity must stop. It’s time to start paying a little more attention to the whos and whats and holy shits of the celebrity world.

I started last week with a post about my disappointment in the current season of Mad Men – I did talk about Peggy’s clothes a little. In the future you can look forward to posts about The New Girl, HBO’s Girls, any number of Kardashians or Real Housewives, as well as whatever currently insane things Lindsay Lohan or the hot mess of the moment is up to with more of a focus on the people and stories. Maybe I’ll even post something about Kate Middleton where I don’t talk about her clothes (confession: No I won’t, that will never happen.)

I’m Disappointed

If you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning. Or if you’ve ever spent an afternoon getting caught up on everything we’ve written (and why wouldn’t you?), you know that I love Mad Med. Or, more accurately, I love Don Draper . I’ll admit that my access to AMC is limited and so I’ve had a hard time keeping up this season. I watched the premier a few weeks ago and was disappointed. It was slow, and lacked the usual great writting. Something about it just wasn’t as sexy and compelling. But, I told myself it was simply because there was such a long break between seasons and they were trying to bring us back up to speed on what was happening. I had nothing but high hopes for the rest of the season.

I spent last night watching the next three episodes. And what can I say besides…’eh’? Don isn’t filandering enough, Roger Sterling is taking crap from Pete Campbell, and there isn’t much awesome advertising content. Part of the greatness of this show was always the imaginative and subtley meaningful ads. There hasn’t been one shining moment of Don Draper’s legendary creativity and persuasiveness. Even the moments of great tension like Lane and Pete bare knuckles boxing in the conference room, Don hallucinating the murder of his mistress, or Joan kicking out her surgeon husband somehow felt a little flat.

Am I being too harsh? Will the next four episodes bring back my loving feeling? Am I the only one who kind of wanted Don to smoke the joint while waiting for the Rolling Stones?

PS – I get that it’s because she doesn’t want to appear to sexy and fit in with the boys, but must peggy always wear neutral coloured boxes?

Her sex appeal could actually be key to success. You know, show a little let get the client all hot and bothered. Maybe it’s not very feminist, but it would work. We’ve seen her in some cute stuff once in a while before

but this season really seems to be a desert of ugly browns and greens on ill fitting skirts and blouses

Some people have made the argument that Peggy isn’t really a sexy gal. By which they really mean Elizabeth Moss isn’t really a sexy gal. To that I say: You is wrong

Putting on the Ritz: Black-Tie, White-Tie and Casual wedding attire

I received word that a wedding invitation is currently on its merry way to my mailbox. Its arrival ushers in the 2012 season of weddings! The season that was once typically June to September now seems to have stretched itself from May to October (at least based on my own experience as a bridesmaid and wedding guest).

We have had a few questions related to wedding guest attire (What do I wear to a casual lakeside ceremony? Can I wear black? Can I wear white? How do I keep warm in the evening? Are sparkles appropriate?) so we think this week is the perfect time to answer some of those questions! Spring and summer collections are hitting stores this month, so it is the perfect time to go out shopping.

The first thing we will deal with is required dress codes. Martha Stewart, with from help from Emily Post, breaks it down like this:

Informal (casual)

Separates like dress pants, dress shirt, and tie (sport coat optional) is fine for men. Sundresses are appropriate for ladies, but not in dressier fabrics or with elaborate embellishment.

Semi-Formal (Black-Tie)

Dark suits (or tuxedos if the invitation states Black Tie) for the menfolk, fancy cocktail dresses for the ladies.

Formal (White-Tie)

This is the fanciest of the fancy. We’re talking Mr. Monopoly or Mr. Peanut levels of fancy. We are talking tailcoat, white shirt, white vest and tie, white or gray gloves, and black opera pumps. Do you know what black opera pumps are? Shoes without laces. I know. That is why you and I don’t get invited to White Tie events, baby!
Oh yeah, and the ladies must wear floor length evening gowns.

And what if there is no stated dress code on the invitation (as has been my experience)? Martha Stewart Weddings says that a dark suit with shirt and tie is appropriate for men. For ladies, suitable attire is a cocktail dress or dressy separates. I agree with Martha – if there are no stated dress codes, you can’t go wrong with these guidelines.

Here’s a cute example of something me and my guy might wear to a summer wedding with no defined dress code…

Wedding Guest Attire

My muffin top is all that, whole grain, low-fat…

One of my biggest television outfit inspirations recently comes from a slightly unusual source – TGS’s Jenna Maroney! I.E. that crazy blonde on 30 Rock. In reality though, I’m much more of a Lemon. Plaid shirts, jeans, ballet flats, cardigans. Yep. But I want to be a Maroney, minus the antics and selfishness. I like Jenna’s super feminine and sometimes glamourous style.

If you want to dress like her too, you’ll need high-waisted skirts, chiffon blouses (sometimes with bows, or always with bows. your pref), and bootcut jeans. Accessorize with long delicate chains, big sparkly earrings, and chunky rings. And of course…heels. Always heels. Top it off with a blazer that is nipped in at the waist, or a fitted dress coat.

Jenna Maroney

Memo to Celebrities: Stop wearing white dresses

So, one of the things that I (and everyone else in the world) noticed about the Oscars on Sunday night is that white, bridal-esque dresses were a trend. It wasn’t as bad as the Globes where celebrities actually wore wedding dresses that had been sent down bridal runways by Reem Acra, Vera Wang and Romona Keveza. But still…so many white or white-ish gowns were worn.

I think all of you celebs need to step off the white dresses and let us plebes have our moment in the sun, be-gowned in a flowing white confection. A girl’s wedding day is supposed to be HER DAY, but now with celebs running amok in wedding dresses at award shows it all seems a little less special.

You celebs get your Say Yes To The Dress moment many times a year. We girls get one ONCE (well, maybe twice) in a lifetime. So be gracious. Pick another colour. Please. Let us have our day, complete with a big, fabulous, white dress, without competition from people who have a team of beautifiers on retainer.

My fellow plebes – what are your thoughts on the trend of white dresses at award shows this year? Are they super classy, or best left at the altar?

P.S. I’m kidding, of course. But really, what are your thoughts on the trend of bridal-esque dresses?

84th Academy Awards: Our Best Dressed

Did you notice that the Oscars were on last night? We’ve been thinking about it all day, kids, and our conclusion is a resounding ‘meh’ and ‘oh, ok’. The red carpet coverage was lacking on all fronts. ABC essentially refused to show famous people, and the last hour of E! was still shots of people who were still on the carpet. It seems Seacrest was too shook up from his run-in with The Dictator and Kim Jong-Il to continue live interviews. What the hell?

Billy Crystal was, well, Billy Crystal. He wasn’t exactly controversial or cutting edge, which we don’t necessarily need from an Oscars host. But sometimes it seemed as though we were watching the Oscars in 1994. Next year lets get Whoopi Goldberg to host, for old times sake!

The best moment of the night was seeing that Nick Nolte (who was nominated apparently!) has turned into Kenny Rodgers. Seriously. Google Kenny Rodgers then Google Nick Nolte. They’re now the same person.

This overwhelming mediocrity didn’t end with the fashions either,sadly. The Oscars red carpet is supposed to be the absolutely most glamorous place on the planet ever. Instead last night we got a lot of 80’s prom dress, wilted chiffon and boring basics. Boo to you slacking Hollywood stylists and starlets! Let’s step it up for the 85th broadcast.

Take a look at our top five favourite gowns:

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All images courtesy of instyle.com

Who were your picks for best dressed?

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